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He's Darren Neylon, a businessman originally from Australia and a keen skier. He takes up his post in March at a vital moment for the Club. NEW

What is the point and relevance of the Ski Club of Great Britain?

Good question and worth pondering.

The appointment of Darren Neylon comes after a five-month recruitment process which began after the sudden death of the previous CEO, Frank McCusker.

He died of a heart attack at the age of 55 while on a cycling trip last summer.
Neylon is said to be a passionate skier who learned to ski at Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek in Australia while studying economics at Melbourne University.

He met his wife Juliette on a ski trip to Val d'Isere in the 1980s and two of their three children have worked ski seasons in Courchevel.

So far, so good as his skiing credentails are promoted.

He's also a keen cyclist with past roles as a Board Member for British Cycling's Yorkshire division and member of the Institute of Sport Management.

As a businessman, he has worked at Managing Director level in the finance, tourism and retail sectors with position at Coopers & Lybrand, Macquarie Bank
(Australia), NM Rothschild (UK), SuperBreak and The Original Tour.

Right that's the CV detail.

Neylon will lead an organisation that was set up in 1903 and has 28,000 members.

Some though feel the Club has lost its way and, above all, its passion.

Can he bring it back and builtd on it?

There are many challenges ahead.

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, has been assessing the tasks facing the new CEO.

Above all pasion for snowsports is what is required rather than 'bean counting' in our opinion.
‘We are delighted to have Darren joining the Ski Club after a successful search that offered high calibre candidates," the Chairman of the Ski Club, Malcolm Bentley said. 

"We wish the Club to be ambitious in mapping out and following a medium-term development plan and Darren's appointment is fundamental to achieving this at a potentially exciting time for the Club to widen its appeal to a great range of skiers and snowboarders, whilst remaining true to our heritage and loyal members."

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Neylon said he was excited to be joining the SCGB to work in a sector that he and his family were passionate about.

"I'm keen to apply my corporate finance, ecommerce and sports management experience to the benefit of the club, including a focus on the value proposition behind membership, the expansion of the club's commercial activities, the enhancement of grass roots participation activities in the domestic scene, and the sustainability of the club's marvellous legacy," he said.

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Neylon will start work at the Club's new Wimbledon office on March 13th, after a family ski holiday. 

He completes the new line-up at the Club with the entire top brass now changed.

As well as a new CEO, the Club has a new Chairman and a new President - the ex-ski racer Chemmy Alcott.

It has also recently moved from its long-standing offices, The White House, in Wimbledon to new premises nearby. 

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